Economy

Water woes for Braidwood and beyond as drought dries up Shoalhaven River
News
Level three water restrictions are now in place for Braidwood as the ongoing drought sucks the upper Shoalhaven River dry. Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council says Braidwood's reservoir has dropped significantly, leaving the town with just several months of water supply. For the Braidwood district, fighting the North Black Range Bushfire for the last two weeks, many rural residents have been left...
Thodey Review calls for return to core pay and conditions in united public service
News
More outside recruitment and partnerships, a return to common pay and conditions, and an accelerated take-up of digital technology are part of the prescription for an Australian Public Service that may not be broken but is in need of serious repair, according to the Thodey Review released on Friday (13 December). It has made 40 recommendations, most of which Prime...
Let’s have ourselves a very conscious Christmas in the Eurobodalla
Community
This year on the Far South Coast, it’s no ordinary Christmas. During Australia’s worst drought, communities have come together to defend against fierce pre-summer bushfires. Town trade has been dulled by closed highways. There’s smoke in the air, ash on the beaches and conversation about the human impact on our little patch of paradise. Around here, you’ll still find Christmas...
23 new graduates build on UoW legacy in Bega
Community
To many locals, it still feels like a new enterprise, but The University of Wollongong’s (UoW) Bega campus was opened in 2000 and more than 500 local people have graduated from degrees offered by UoW in that time. This week, over 150 people gathered at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre to celebrate the latest batch of graduates, 23 determined individuals...
Eurobodalla – fertile for a flourishing food economy
Food & Wine
Realising Eurobodalla’s potential for a thriving local food economy depends on three things beyond desperately needed rain – cognisance, culinary creativity and cutting old habits. As bushfires force the intermittent closure of highways from Canberra and Sydney, regional communities are contemplating the drawbacks of a centralised food distribution system. Fraser Bayley and Kirsti Wilkinson of Old Mill Road BioFarm say...
Kings Highway and Araluen Road reopened
News
The Kings Highway between Nelligen and Braidwood has reopened this afternoon after being closed for almost a week. Volunteers from the State Emergency Service and Rural Fire Service as well as NSW Forestry Corporation and Transport for NSW have been working day and night to clear trees and rocks damaged by the Currowan Fire burning north of Batemans Bay. Various...
Love for Batemans Bay needed now more than ever
Economy
With the Currowan Fire still looming in the landscape as a threat to all who love Batemans Bay and surrounds, a new campaign has been launched to strengthen and keep those connections in these challenging times. “With devastating bushfires threatening our beautiful region, it is even more important that our colourful new local pride campaign, Love the Bay, generates positive...
Batemans Marine Park rules relaxed to allow for more rec fishing
News
New fishing areas are being opened up within the protected waters of the Batemans Marine Park ahead of the school holidays as part of a plan the NSW Government says will give recreational fishers more options to drop a line and snag a fish. Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall was in the Narooma yesterday to announce the five new fishing...
No Bega Valley water restrictions for now
News
Despite the wide brown land it resides in, Bega Valley Shire Council has voted not to impose water restrictions, pointing to the relatively strong position the region finds itself in. The recommendation before Councillors McBain, Tapscott, Dodds, Griff, Allen, Fitzpatrick, Bain, Nadin and Seckold originally pointed to temporary level 1 water restrictions for Bemboka village, instead, a motion from Cobargo's Tony...
Forest groups call for halt to logging as drought and bushfire crisis builds
News
Forest conservation groups around New South Wales are calling for a moratorium on logging operations until the impacts of drought and bushfires are assessed and addressed. Nine organisations have written to NSW Premier Gladys Berjejiklian including South East Region Conservation Alliance (SERCA). The letter asks for a halt to all logging in public native forests in order to mitigate habitat losses...
Mumbulla Foundation signals a challenging future as 2019 grants announced
Community
A volunteer organisation, responsible for awarding $1.2 million in grants to community groups over the last 19 years has flagged concerns for its own future. "Over the last nineteen years, more than 290 organisation and groups across the Bega Valley have received support from the Mumbulla Foundation," says Michael Pryke, Chair, The Mumbulla Foundation. "But now the Mumbulla Foundation needs your help....
Have your say on proposed Merimbula Airport runway extension
News
The Merimbula Airport terminal upgrades are almost complete, with some finishing touches and car park work still in progress. Bega Valley Shire Council is keen to turn the communities thoughts to the next part of the airport upgrade - the proposed runway extension. The environmental impact statement is now available for public comment. Aviation experts Lambert and Rehbein, with a...
New drought hardy garden beds for veg at Moruya Community Garden
Community
The grounds of Moruya's Red Door Hall now have a community garden designed to cope with the dry times we live in. Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE), received an IMB Bank Community Foundation grant of $20,000 which included establishing a Moruya Community Garden. 'Veggies For All' Coordinator Kathryn Maxwell says “Without this funding this amazing SAGE project would not...
Tiny house eatery Via Luna opens in Cobargo
Food & Wine
It may be small, but Cobargo's newest food outlet, a mobile kitchen and shopfront custom-built by Tiny Homes Tilba, has already had a big dose of community support. "People have really responded to it," says owner Lena Kuppens, who opened Via Luna for the first time last week with partner Harry Binnendijk. Lena and Harry are from the Netherlands originally...
The Tomakin garage sale that has raised $2 million for the Kids Cancer Centre
News
A $2 million celebration was held at The Rally for Recovery last Saturday. The milestone marked the amount of money raised for the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation and Kids Cancer Centre (KCC) - all from a modest shed in Tomakin. The Rally for Recovery has been raising funds for KCC since 2001. The Rally, as it is affectionately known, sells...
Bega Valley Year 10 students pitch solutions to real-world problems
News
The problem: Marley, from Wolumla, is 15 and wants to go to Merimbula to meet friends and go shopping. She's finding it hard to get lifts, she can't quite drive on her own and the bus service is infrequent. What can the community do to help Marley out? This week, almost 200 Year 10 students from Bega High School, Eden Marine...
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